Now if this doesn’t inspire you to start working your way through the courses available on codeacademy, I don’t know what will:
In early February Calgary Public Library released Grow A Reader, a free mobile app that offers parents and caregivers practical early learning tips and activities on-the-go. Grow A Reader is an informational app based on the Every Child Ready to Read 2. It presents the 5 practices—Talking, Singing, Playing, Reading, and Writing—in simple, concise terms followed by clear instructions for putting them to use. Users can toggle between booklists, videos and “tips” that put the 5 practices to use.
Calgary PL clearly put a lot of love (and money) into developing this product. The proof is in the pudding. Grow A Reader is a beautiful, engaging app that delivers vital information in an elegant form. The app functions smoothly even under my tap-crazed fingers. The videos are polished and professional. Many of them feature multiple camera angles! The librarians are poised and professional in each video. The had time to get comfortable in front of the camera.
Here are some screenshots:
Most importantly, they’ve packed a ton of knowledge into this app. The app includes booklists, quick tips, and dozens of video clips of librarians performing interactive rhymes, lullabies, bounces, tickles, etc. In addition, short documentary-style videos demonstrate the 5 practices in action and explain why they are an essential part of early childhood education. In fact, I would go as far to say this app demonstrates all the best librarianship has to offer.
I can’t wait to show this to every parent I meet.